The big­gest show of the year is back!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - 2017 Motorcycle Live - Richard New­land, Deputy Ed­i­tor

Motorcycle Live kicks off this week­end for nine days of motorcycle in­dul­gence that’s likely to either dam­age your adrenal glands, or your wal­let. Or quite pos­si­bly both.

From amaz­ingly pretty 125s, to the most in­sanely en­dowed su­per­bikes ever built, this year’s glut of new metal has some­thing to ap­peal to al­most ev­ery wal­let, and cer­tainly ev­ery predilec­tion.

Some bikes ob­vi­ously stand out from the crowd, and while I plan to tick off ev­ery sin­gle one of our Top 40 hot picks when I make my an­nual pil­grim­age to Brum, there are a few that may cause me to linger longer.

The first is Kawasaki’s new Ninja H2 SX SE. They prob­a­bly could have thought a lit­tle harder about the name, but they’ve clearly used all their men­tal ca­pac­ity on the de­sign. The spec sheet is more like a wish list than a record of fact. Let’s hope it de­liv­ers it all.

The sec­ond one I’ll have to be forcibly sep­a­rated from is Du­cati’s new Pani­gale V4 S. It’s achingly pretty, claims to be a fighter jet on two wheels, and I’ll never be able to af­ford one.

Fi­nally, I’m very cu­ri­ous to see Yamaha’s Niken in the metal. What­ever it is, it’s cer­tainly not nor­mal – and that makes it ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing.

Hope to see you there.





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